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Planned Erosion Control Using Fibrous Mats to Avoid Future Problems


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Landscaping and construction industries use jute and burlap fabrics including mats, rolls, and sandbags for environmental remediation when planning and preparing land for new structures.Proper use and preparation of soil in advance can minimize natural and man-made disasters from happening. Plant fiber products are a valuable tool in erosion control because there are so many ways to use them. They biodegrade as new plants take hold and other landscaping structures are installed. They include:

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  • Burlap for immediate erosion control on very steep slopes susceptible to destabilization, biodegrading over time.
  • Jute mesh with large square grids to allow plants room to grow through them biodegrades eliminating the need to remove it later.
  • Coir mat made from the exterior of coconut shells after processing holds water and resists decomposition for longer periods of use than burlap and jute.

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Why Do We Still Use Sandbags in Floods?


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sandbag 3The use of sandbags dates back to the Revolutionary War when a Chief Engineer was appointed in the Continental Army in 1775. It was discovered that sandbags being used for temporary military forts were also effective for fighting flood waters. By 1824, money was being set aside by Congress for improved river navigation along with road, railroad, and bridge construction. They began offering assistance for local flood disasters when state and local governments lacked the resources to do it alone. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today has the authority to inspect and strengthen flood control structures like levees and dikes and provide supplies and evacuation assistance.

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Hurricane and Flood-Related Emergency Sandbags


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Emergency Sandbags

There are many uses for burlap sandbags like raised garden beds, retaining walls, steps, footpaths in water-logged areas, low-cost green building materials for homes, and added weight in pickup trucks during icy weather.

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